Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Science & Education, is donating the SureChem collection of >15million chemical structures from world patents into the public domain through the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). It is the first time a world patent chemistry collection has been made publicly available, marking a significant advance in Open Data for use in drug discovery. This transfer will give researchers around the globe access to a vast new source of medicinally relevant compounds related to the curing of human disease.

SureChem, developed by Digital Science, extracts chemical structure data from the full text and images of patents. This...

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